Meet your Inner Mountain

Mt Shasta, CA, USA

Karina Safari
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20 reviews
Aug 21 - 23, 2020
Group size: 11 - 11
Meet your Inner Mountain
Mt Shasta, CA, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
20 reviews

Aug 21 - 23, 2020
Group size: 11 - 11

About this trip

The root chakra of the Earth is widely believed to be located at Mount Shasta in Northern California.  Rising out of forests and meadows, Mount Shasta is known for its natural beauty, fresh unspoiled wilderness and powerful spiritual presence. The mystery and unexplained stories surrounding this site are endless.

Join our team on this weekend getaway to Shasta-Trinity National forest, experience the healing power of the Mighty Mount Shasta.,  hike 20+ miles on the most scenic trails of Mt. Shasta and vicinity, swim in the mountain lakes, admire beautiful McCloud waterfalls, sleep in a tent under the bright stars  - all good for your body and soul !

GLAMPING concept:

This 3-day getaway from your everyday errands , a wonderful chance to try camping and hiking without sacrificing your comforts! Professional staff will cook and serve a healthy home-style food for you, made from scratch.  If you are a newbie for camping and/or hiking,  this is a right trip for you, where you can relax and recharge!

Special climbing skills NOT required for  this trip

No climbing Mt. Shasta summit on this trip

Not a Backpacking trip:  2 nights  in tents at the same campsite making roundtrip hikes every day

Level of difficulty :  Easy (Day 1 &3 ), Moderate (Day 2)

What to bring (Personal gear/outfit):

Gear items:

- Tent

- Sleeping bag (good to have 32/45F - it might be chill)

- Sleeping pad (mat) for camping

- Duffel bag or backpack for your main luggage 

- A small backpack or camelback for day-hikes (to put water reservoir, a snack, sun block, swimming suite). 

- Head lamp (it is good to have light when your hands are free)

- Trekking poles – suggested for steep downhill trails

- Water bottle & water canister – we have possibility to get great spring water in Sacramento head waters park

- Personal Bowl, Mug, Knife, Fork, Spoon

- Small garbage bags for hiking trails (for your personal trash/leftovers)

- Sunblock (UV 50+) & lip balm

- Personal toiletries : toothpaste, toothbrush etc.

- Mosquito repellent (just in case) 

- Your personal first aid kit (your personal medicines you can’t do without). The guide will have essentials.


Hiking /Camping Outfit:

- Good sturdy high-ankled hiking boots, well-worn before the trip  (!) Please don’t bring brand new boots, try them a few times on hiking trails before the trip, to avoid blisters.

- Comfortable tennis shoes (it's good to have a change of shoes for some trails, campground etc)

- Some kind of sandals of flip flops – for non-hiking part of the day, or wearing at the campground

- Light hiking pants or bermuda-pants (shorts or yoga pants are not recommended – to prevent sunburns, possible poison oak) 

- Light long-sleeved loose shirt (protection from sun, insects)

- A change of t-shirts for hiking (preferably a quick-dry fabric, not cotton)

- Comfortable outfit for sleeping in a tent (cotton leggings, tshirt, fleece jacket)

- Thin fleece jacket / sweater

- Some light jacket – could be a windbreaker or thin sleeveless down jacket e.g. Uniqlo (for chilly evenings & mornings)

- Sunhat

- Towel (small face towel/quick-dry beach towel)

- Swim suit 

What’s included

  • Ground Transportation
    Comfortable van w/AC, gas and parking fees included
  • Private Campground
    2 nights in tents (availability of drinking water, public showers & restrooms on the campsite)
  • Assistance
    Professional guide & driver, expert of the region (Russian-English speaking)
  • Catering staff
    Professional Holistic Chef and catering assistant
  • All healthy Meals
    3 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 bbq dinners
  • Team briefing
    All arrangements
  • First aid kit
  • Your own camping gear
    Tent, sleeping bag, camping mat etc
  • Alcohol
    you can bring your own


Day 1. Friday
Arrival. Hiking to Heart Lake from Castle Lake

Morning departure from Bay Area (pick-up time and locations will be confirmed a few days before departure). Drive 4-5h to the private campground at the Lake Siskuyu on a rented 12-seater comfortable van. 

On arrival to the campsite a healthy picnic-lunch will be waiting for you served by our Professional Chef. Drive to the trailhead, hike from Castle Lake to Heart Lake 

(Distance: ~5.0 miles, Difficulty: Moderate).  This trail goes between two lakes, followed by an uphill hike to the viewpoint to see the panoramic view over the lakes, Mt. Shasta, Shastina and other iconic sites of the region. 

Time for swimming in Castle Lake or/and Heart Lake.  

Back to campground, where the hot bbq dinner will be waiting for you. 

Reunite at the bonfire with your new girlfriends.

Overnight in the tents.

*We will stay 2 nights at the same campsite

Included meals:

Picnic Lunch

Hot dinner

Your Organizer

Karina Safari
20 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond


One of the best trips I had. Great company, very picturesque hikes and comfortable accommodations. Everything was organized perfectly with a good balance between hikes, sightseeing and free time. Karina took care of all the logistics, which made the trip very relaxing. We covered a lot of places in 12 days - more than it would be possible on my own. Highly recommended!
Amazing trip - great people, well-organized itinerary, and an opportunity to surround yourself with unbelievable nature all day, every day. A truly refreshing change of pace and surroundings. If you are hesitating about whether to sign up, nervous about traveling with people you don't know, doubting your level of physical preparedness, talk to Karina - and then do it! You won't regret it. This trip is a breath of air and an experience to remember for a lifetime.
It was an awesome trip!! Karina created the best agenda that allowed us to experience different places/things. The local crew/guide was professional and took care everything for us, and the food is better than expected. Karina stayed connected with us before and throughout the whole trip and responded quickly to our questions/concerns. Highly recommended!
This was a fantastic trip, with top-notch organization, carefully selected itineraries and a very professional local crew. The food was delicious and we enjoyed comfy accommodations as well. Karina is on every detail, so everything ran smoothly. Highly recommended!
We spent an excellent and adventurous two weeks with Karina in Patagonia this end of "summer". Karina created the perfect itinerary that allowed us to experience so many unique places there. It was a good mix of hiking and more relaxed days. We were hiking up and down the sides of mountains, walking on glacier (even had whiskey in the Ice Bar), had tour to visit penguin’s colony on Isla Magdalena, city tour, Tango Show and tango lesson. The trip was very robust in terms of activity level, and I would classify it (hiking part) as moderate/strenuous due to the long days of hiking. Five stars for Karina’s planning and organizational skills. I would definitely recommend this trip to my friends, and I look forward to new adventures with Karina.
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena Margulis on Sep 10, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory Lyakhovitskiy on Mar 14, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan Toibazarova on Jun 20, 2019

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